This bridge is a later example of a riveted cantilever truss bridge. Typical of later examples of this type, the bridge makes a limited use of built-up beams, and those that are present don't have the lattice and v-lacing
common on older examples. This gives the bridge a more plain, simple appearance. The bridge is very similar to the Red Wing Bridge over the Mississippi River. It is known that the same
contractor built both bridges. Because of this, and also the visual similarities between these two bridges located in different states, it is assumed that these two bridges also share the same consulting engineer, Alfred Benesch. The Peru
Bridge remains in good condition and was repainted in 2009.
HistoricBridges.org currently only has a partial photo-documentation of this bridge. Missing are detail photos taken from on the bridge.
Original / Full Size Photos A collection of overview and detail photos. This gallery offers photos in the highest available resolution and file size in a touch-friendly popup viewer. Alternatively, Browse Without Using Viewer
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Full Motion Video
Note: The downloadable high quality version of this video (available on the video page) is well worth the download since it offers excellent 1080 HD detail and is vastly more impressive than the compressed streaming video. Streaming video of the bridge. Also includes a higher quality downloadable video for greater clarity or offline viewing.